4 Tips To Help Get What You Need To Get Barn Finds Running Again

9 August 2016
 Categories: Automotive, Blog


If you have ever heard of a 'barn find', you may well-know that this usually means and old classic auto that has been tucked away somewhere for many years. These are often found in old barns and can sometimes be great restoration projects. Once you find the car and buy it, the next step will be to get it running again. To do the repairs to your barn find, you will need used parts that can sometimes be difficult to find. Here are some tips to help you find what you need to get your barn find running again:

1. Finding The Barn Find And Getting It Back To Your Garage  

There are cars that have been stored away barns, warehouses and other buildings just waiting to be found. If you want to find a car that is both rare and interesting, snooping around old barns (with permission), can be a great way to find an auto restoration project. Talk with people in rural areas about retired mechanics and seniors that may have stored away cars throughout their lifetime to start your search for one of these gyms.

2. Testing The Car To See If You Can Load It On Its Own Power

Once you have found the car and are ready to make an offer to buy it, you may want to check to see if the car will turn over. If you can get the car started, you may even be able to get it loaded onto a flatbed trailer using its own power. Check the oil and gas and make sure that there is still fluids. This is fine to get the car moved, but you will want to flush the engine and fluids before you actually drive the car because years of sitting in a barn can cause debris to build up.

3. Doing A Basic Tune Up And Oil Change To Prepare To Start The Engine

One of the first things that you will want to do to the car when you get it back to the shop is give it a basic tune up. This should start with an oil change and flushing all the fluids. You will also want to change the plugs and wires, and check for any damaged rubber hoses. In addition, inspect the brake lines for damage, change the pads and give the brake system fresh fluid.

4. Problems You Will Want To Watch For Even If The Car Starts On Its Own

Even if the old car starts on its own, there can be problems that you may not notice. You want to be on the lookout for some of these issues. This can include things like broken brake lines, debris in gas tanks and oil leaks that need to be addressed before you start driving. Do a thorough inspection of the car for these repair needs before you take the car for a test drive on any roads.

These are some tips that can help you get your barn find running again. If you are ready to start restoring hidden automobiles that have been under a barn roof for years, contact a flatbed trailer dealer (like Colorado Trailers Inc) to get what you need to get your finds into the garage for repairs.